Desert Church of Christ
At the close of each sermon, an invitation is offered to anyone who wishes to respond to the gospel of Christ. This is the opportunity to express your faith in Jesus by repenting of your sins, confessing Christ and be buried with Him in the watery grave of Baptism to be added to the church as part of the body of Christ. Anyone requesting the prayers of the church can make that acknowledgement during the invitation.
Faithful Until Death
We are to follow in Jesus' footsteps. He left an example for us to imitate. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in steps, (1 Peter 2:21). We are striving for that crown of life and to live eternally with Christ in that holy city called Heaven (Revelation 2:10).
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
We practice what the early church did in their praise to God, acappella singing. "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" Ephesians 5:19.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" Colossians 3:16.
A Time of Celebration
There is an order and simplicity in our worship to God. Worship is not about us - it is about God!
The church gathers to worship God; to praise Him, to thank Him, to express our love for Him, to obey Him and to please Him.
A Time of Edification
When the church worships as the collective body of Christ, each individual member experiences fellowship with one another.
As a community of believers, we are built up, strengthened, edified and equipped for greater service to God and our fellow man.
We enter to worship, but we leave to serve.
A Time of Reflection
Worship in the presence of God affords us many benefits. It is a time to think, to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us as unworthy sinners,
to study His word, to evaluate our Christian lives, and to renew our minds.
Worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ should always be an encouraging experience that reminds us of who we are and who God is to us.
We must remember the things we have learned from God's word, why we are here and what we should do to further His Kingdom (the church).
The Bible exhorts us to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
A. C. T. S. - Adoration - Confession - Thanksgiving - Supplication